[Watch Video]-University dropouts builds robotic arm controlled with the brain using Wood

Although it looks like a science-fiction film, Africa has also joined other developed countries in developing powerful robots that can change the way we do things. This robotic arm developed by these Kenyans could be set to change the real lives of disabled people in Kenya and Africa.

This powerful robotic arm that can work with brain signals was invented by David Gathu and Moses Kinyua and is here to help people with disabilities.

The signals from the brain of the user are converted into an electric current by a “NeuroNode” biopotential headset receiver.

This electrical current is then driven into the robot’s circuitry, which gives the arm its mobility.

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The arm is made from recycled wood and other materials and moves vertically and horizontally making it easier for people with disabilities to operate.

This is an upper limb bio-robotic arm prosthetic that uses brain signals to locomote its hand to move the hand according to your desires

Gathu, one of the inventors said

In addition to the difficulties with day to day activities people living with disabilities in African countries are sometimes stigmatized, even being termed as “cursed” people. the two inventors believed this prosthetic arm could revolutionize the way such people are accepted in society as well as helping them with mobility.

Kinyua and Gathu say they were motivated to create the arm after witnessing the challenges people living with disabilities faced in their town and villages when they were growing up.

The two inventors had to drop out of university after completing form four as they could no longer afford the fees. But this did not discourage them as they simply went ahead and taught themselves the skills that are needed to make the arm.

David Gichimu, who heads the rehabilitation clinic at APDK (Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya), claims that the bio-robotic arm could revolutionize the world of prosthetics as well as help the rehabilitation of people who have lost the use of their limbs. “Such inventions of prosthetic arms or such level of technology will go in a big way not just improving our economy in terms of production but also making it more acceptable to society. At least it is not bulky, it’s easier for the people with the disability to handle them.

It is quite a game-changer in terms of amputation and rehabilitation,” he says. As yet Kinyua and Gathu have been unable to venture into mass production due to lack of funds. But if the product could be more widely produced in Kenya there could be major advantages for people with disabilities, as well as the wider economy.

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Kennedy Gedzah is a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology-KNUST (2018). He is the Owner and has been the lead content creator at Dicytrends.com since 2020. His Passion for providing people with credible and well-researched information on the internet led him to build Dicytrends.com. With more than 5 years of experience in blogging and writing, he has amassed sufficient knowledge on various topics, including biographies, fashion and lifestyles, Entertainment, and more. You can contact him via email: Kgedzah@gmail.com

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